Search Results: "Jim Knotts"


BOOK REVIEW

Released: Oct. 17, 2011

"A window into the difficult lives of military children and a testament to those who persevere in spite of it."
Profiles in courage from the youngest members of America's military family. Read full book review >

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GOOSE DINNER by Howard Knotts
Released: Sept. 8, 1981

"A little too offhand altogether for the ostensible purpose, unfortunately."
A string of anecdotes about Goose—"the terror of our backyard"—that does ultimately turn into a story of sorts. . . but never does sound as if it were written as an easy-reader: the overall structure is too loose, the sentence-structure is too idiosyncratic, the words are too out-of-the-way ("farrier," "demented")—and there are quite a few contractions. Read full book review >

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THE BIG RED BARN by Howard Knotts
Released: April 23, 1979

"That's a sidelong reference to stepmother Emma, seen in affectionate consort with Susie on the page before (and in the picture opposite); but the inference is both too fragile and too facile to make this diffuse mood-piece into a satisfactory story—even if it weren't an easy reader."
A tenuous construct, barely a story, with none of the usual aids or lures for a beginning reader. Read full book review >

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WINTER'S COMING by Howard Knotts
Released: April 7, 1977

"Not resonant enough to be memorable, this does strike a quiet, expectant note, and though Knotts' scratchy, cross-hatched, winter-gray drawings lack the poetry of his illustrations for Barnstone's A Day in the Country (1971), they do their share to maintain the tone."
An even-toned catalog of the preparations for winter observed by a small boy and girl around their farm. Read full book review >

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JIM SHEPARD
by Vincent Scarpa

“I’m trying to put less food on my kids’ tables,” Jim Shepard jokes. This, in reference to the years he spent researching the Minoan eruption of Thera—a catastrophic volcanic event in mid-second millennium B.C.E.—with the intent to write something fairly substantial about it and ending up instead with “Cretan Love Song,” a story that, at ...


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BOOK REVIEW

CRINKLEROOT'S GUIDE TO GIVING BACK TO NATURE by Jim Arnosky
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 15, 2012

"Renewed public interest in a 'green' world makes this a timely and welcome return for Crinkleroot. (Informational picture book. 5-10)"
Forest-dweller Crinkleroot reappears to lead 21st-century readers outdoors, urging them to appreciate and give back to nature. Read full book review >

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TURTLE IN THE SEA by Jim Arnosky
ANIMALS
Released: July 1, 2002

"Arnosky's gentle combination of lesson and beautiful artwork will serve to capture the nature-lover in every child. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Another nature lesson and environmental message from a specialist in translating the wonders of the natural world into terms children can understand. Read full book review >

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GRANDFATHER BUFFALO by Jim Arnosky
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2006

"While the attachment between Grandfather Buffalo and the newborn calf may be zoologically suspect, this is unlikely to bother young readers, who will instead find the intergenerational bond pleasingly recognizable. (Picture book. 3-6)"
An old buffalo finds himself slowing down, but he still maintains a place within the herd in this gentle nature story. Read full book review >

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COYOTE RAID IN CACTUS CANYON by Jim Arnosky
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2005

"Once again Arnosky's appealing brand of nature lesson will foster an appreciation of the natural world in any child. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Veteran wildlife-watcher Arnosky turns his attention to the desert biome in this gentle account of the disruption of the peaceful world of Cactus Canyon by the visit of a pack of four young coyotes. Read full book review >

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PINKY DINKY DOO by Jim Jinkins
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 27, 2005

"Even younger readers may find Pinky Dinky's eventual strategy, which is to stick with her friends and ignore Lane until the bully changes her ways, easier said than done—but they're sure to enjoy the kinetic presentation. (Easy reader. 6-8)"
Big sister Pinky Dinky offers little brother Tyler another wild, soothing tale—this time, seeing that someone has punched him in the nose, about her efforts to cope with aggressive new classmate Lane Puppytray. Read full book review >

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A MANATEE MORNING by Jim Arnosky
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"Charming. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Dreamy green and gold acrylic wash illustrations celebrate a gentle manatee and her baby swimming in the waters of Crystal River, Florida. Read full book review >

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ALL ABOUT OWLS by Jim Arnosky
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"One night scene shows ghostly owls, swooping between shadowy trees, with white hand-lettered owl cries and the names of the birds indentified in white type; it's a poetic composition that is also confusing. (Picture book/nonfiction. 5-8)"
A first look at owls for younger readers. Read full book review >